You know that perfect home you’ve been picturing since you were just a tyke? Well, get ready because it’s right in Grapevine and has appeared on the market like a wish granted. Grand, inviting, and surrounded by beautiful trees, it screams home sweet home and doesn’t skimp on luxury. Don’t miss the chance to live in this quintessential American dream home, with a classic brick façade and a popular park right nearby. 

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We hear it a lot, right? “Amazing location. Must see.” And with a fair amount of skepticism, we click. “Oh yeah, we’ll just see about that…”

But this one, this wonderfully updated, sweet little home really is a must see and the location? Well, it’s amazing. It’s walking distance to hiking and biking trails and a little puddle of water called Lake Grapevine.

And then there’s adorable downtown Grapevine with its vintage train, wonderful restaurants, and charming boutiques. Oh, and you’re a short drive from Southlake, too, and hello, they have a Tyler’s.

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Grapevine is a fascinating suburb with real estate ranging from historic homes to brand new construction to luxury lake living. Here are three vastly different styled homes in Grapevine for this week’s Suburb Sunday: A soft contemporary, a mid-century ranch style, and a Victorian home.

A Perfect Combo of Style and Location

Address: 3001 Old Mill Run, Grapevine

  • Three bedrooms, three baths
  • 2,615 square feet
  • $439,900

This 1982-built soft contemporary home offers spacious living with an open flow for entertaining. Exception features include an expansive foyer, 20-foot fireplace, open staircase and catwalk, and loft study. The previous owners spent time and attention making the backyard a perfect private oasis with fireplace, solar screen, wiring for tv and sound, professional lighting, stonework, and landscaping.

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Hillview Drive

Here’s a beautiful, 3,195-square-foot home in the highly-rated Grapevine-Colleyville ISD for under $500,000 — perfect for a busy family that is looking for something centrally located in the Metroplex (for those packed youth sports schedules) and commuter friendly (for frequent travelers who find themselves at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport most Sunday afternoons and Friday nights.)

This Grapevine home at 2905 Hillview Drive is a four-bedroom, three-bath beauty built in 2000 and listed by Laurie Wall of the Wall Team Realty Associates. Located in the High Oaks Estates neighborhood, this house is less than a mile from all three of its zoned schools, Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle School, and Colleyville Heritage High School.

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Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)

holiday lights

(Photo courtesy Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

As Christmas approaches, so do the holiday parties — and chances are, there are some great neighborhood light displays to check out on your way to that ugly sweater party or that company dinner.

But how do you know for sure? Thanks to  Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and CandysDirt.com, you can check out our list of great cruising spots this holiday season. (more…)

From Klyde Warren Park and downtown to the Park Cities to Swiss Avenue to Addison and beyond, we have your must-see neighborhoods on a handy map (Photo courtesy Flickr/skys the limit 2).

If you’ve lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for any length of time, you know that shortly after Thanksgiving Day — whether it’s 80 degrees or 20 — it’s a time-honored tradition to check out the Christmas light displays in nearby neighborhoods.

But do you ever have FOMO on your expeditions? Perhaps you worry that as much as you love the regular haunts you cruise through during the holidays, there might be new displays to check out, too. Or maybe you’re pretty new to the area and have no idea where exactly to go.

Thanks to CandysDirt.com and sponsor Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, you can FOMO no more – because we’ve created this handy map of key spots to check out Christmas lights. (more…)

H-E-B

DFW Internet was set ablaze yesterday after H-E-B announced the purchase of six Sun Fresh Market stores in the area. (Photo by Dave Stone/Flickr)

Monday afternoon, the Dallas-area Internet exploded: It wasn’t just a rumor, the long-desired H-E-B grocery store chain had bought up six Sunfresh Market sites — four in Dallas, one in Grapevine, and one in McKinney.

Interestingly enough, it seems like the drumbeat for expansion may have been happening even earlier than this, judging from this thread in Retail Watchers.

As neighborhood NextDoor pages and Facebook groups filled with the requisite 15 reposts of the same Dallas Morning News article, people began to express their joy at the possibility of the area finally getting the stores that are ubiquitous in Central and Southeast Texas, but not so much around here. They also began to guess about which it would be – Central Market, or H-E-B. (more…)